On December 7, 2017, the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO (DPE) celebrates its 40th anniversary.
In honor of DPE’s 40th year, we reflect on the growth of professional union members and recognize DPE’s affiliate unions. Since DPE’s founding, professional union members have grown from 18 percent to 42 percent of the labor movement. Today, over six million professionals – including doctors, nurses, teachers, professors, scientists, engineers, entertainers, performers, sales representatives, and administrative personnel – have joined together in union to negotiate for better pay, benefits, and working conditions.
Here’s a message from DPE President Paul E. Almeida marking the occasion:
AFL-CIO 2017 Convention Recognizes DPE’s 40th Anniversary
Earlier this year, the AFL-CIO 2017 Convention recognized the dramatic growth of professionals in unions and professionals’ role in the future of the labor movement when the delegates adopted Resolution 36, Celebrating DPE: 40 Years of Growing Professional Union Membership.